At Lawley School, we are passionate about offering our children, a wealth of experiences which will equip them for life in a modern, digital world. With the support of the Kapow scheme, a wealth of resources, teacher knowledge and The National Curriculum, the children are challenged with exciting real-life projects. We encourage creativity and imagination through the key areas of Design, Make and Evaluate. Throughout these areas, there is a focus on developing the child’s technical knowledge.
Projects start with a real problem, or a dilemma based around an existing product. There are a variety of ways the children are encouraged to view products through taking them apart and reconstructing, considering the purpose and need and how this may need to be adapted and improved are just a few examples. Throughout all the stages of a project, being considerate of the environment and sustainability, is constantly reviewed. Constant review and any part of their project and make any adaptations and modifications. Encouraging STEM Ambassadors into school to support to provide hands on experience, to offer advice and to talk about their experiences in the world of work is a valued part of our curriculum.
Opportunities to participate in Design and Technology projects outside school are extremely valuable with children taking part in STEM workshops, Scifest and The Primary Jaguar project.
Lawley also has ongoing links with a local secondary school where KS2 children have the opportunity to visit and experience working with the staff and a wide range of machinery and resources.
Children in EYFS follow the same Design, Make and Evaluate process through their Early Years Curriculum
Throughout KS1, the children work in the areas of Structures, Textiles, Cooking and Nutrition and Mechanisms. The projects are progressive, so skills and knowledge are revisited and built upon.
Children on KS2 also work in a progressive manner through the same areas with the inclusion of electrical systems. They also look at how life and projects have been changed over time and the people involved in this.
Through each area of the curriculum, cross curricular links are made where possible.